Sunday, October 31, 2010
|"Hey, boss, I know there's another one out there!"|
Rockin' Rooster Outfitters- 701-209-0220/ 701-209-0170- Jim
|Randy and Ace in Minnesota Grouse Country|
Ace had an issue with range, as I knew he would. By the end of the day, however, he was hunting much closer for me and I think that will carry over to today and the rest of the week. Can't wait!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Ruffed Grouse are the absolute KING of game birds. To my mind, they are the most difficult to hunt- for the hunter and the dog! They are widely acknowledged to be the tastiest wild bird on the table, as well. A good grouse dog is a rarity. He has to have an exceptional nose, hunt relatively close, lock up on the faintest scent and be a deliberate and thoughtful dog. I've seen a few and I even owned one many years ago.
Today, will be a proverbial "goat rope" with my dogs. They've been hunting wide open land, searching for a bird that runs. 250 yard casts were not unheard of by my Ace dog. Now, I'm asking them to do the opposite- hunt close and very carefully. Rarely can a dog make that adjustment on their own and it may take a half-day to get them calmed down. But, I sense victory in the wind. I wonder if this motel has a grill.....
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Ace and I hunted some tree rows alongside a wheat field. Public land. I didn't expect much until he locked up! It was a rooster- and a clean kill. After the retrieve, I took a look at him and he had a load of porcupine quills in his face! Poor guy never slowed down and I don't know how long he had them. It could have been 20 minutes. He's one tough, bird hunting son-of-a-gun, that's for sure.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Yeah, it's a bad one today. Yesterday was bad, too, and I found the birds in any thick cover there was, in the lee of the hill. If it is even just a roll in the land, they will be on the downwind side of that. The ones I found were bunched together and came up in waves. I think today is a drive around and look type of day. I may drive over to Golva, ND and check in on a friend over there. UGLY! The good news is that tomorrow, it will back up to 40 deg. and the wind will settle down.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Video of Ace working yesterday!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
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I'm using my Jones trailer this trip, just to make things easier. With the storage and water and tie outs, it makes taking care of 4-6 dogs quick and easy. Occasionally, it is tough to maneuver on a two-track in certain portions of the country, but it's worth the effort to give the dogs the comfort and protection of the Jones. I'm glad I went with the "top of the line". They ain't cheap (as my daddy used to say), but I don't mind spending for quality.
This is Cap's (Brit/M) first hunt and he's travelling well. I really want to capture his first encounter with a pheasant on video. I bought a small handheld HD video camera to record as much as I can without totally giving my time over to just filming. As a solo hunter, it's going to be juggling act!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
I use it for checking in and out every day- it will send messages (email or text) to ten addresses- for marking significant spots and as a backup for getting stuck or, God forbid, seriously hurt. When you hit the Help Button, those ten addresses get a HELP! notification (it must be pre-written, so have a plan) and a link to a GPS location on Google Maps. I use this for getting seriously stuck or any other NON-life threatening situation. (Haven't needed it yet- but we have a plan.) For life threatening problems- hit 911. That will bypass the ten addresses and go directly to the nearest rescue facility. (I tell folks, if you hit that one, you will hear the chopper blades coming over the hill shortly!)
All this is worldwide and not dependent on cell coverage. (Coverage map available.)
I recently upgraded to the newer model and the transition was easy. New model is smaller with one more mode for comm.
Get and keep peace of mind. Carry this tool with you.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
|The Old Ball and Chain|